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Recall effort targets 3 Aztec officials amid gun debate

March 30, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An effort is underway in Aztec to recall three city commissioners who did not support a resolution protesting new state gun-control measures approved by the Legislature.

The Farmington Daily Times reports that Aztec resident Diane Hathcock has volunteered to circulate petitions to recall Commissioners Rosalyn Fry and Mark Lewis and Mayor Victor Snover. The three voted against a resolution that would have banned local authorities from enforcing gun laws they believe violate constituents’ constitutional right to bear arms.

The vote at the recent commission meeting led to an unruly debate that ended with police intervening.

If enough signatures are gathered for the petitions, then it would be sent to a district court judge for approval. The judge must find the mayor and commissioners violated their oath of office, or acted in malfeasance or misfeasance to approve the petition.